Snow-capped peaks near Lake Sumner
Image: Dave Quested | ©


Remote high-country lakes, beech-clad mountains, wide rivers and hot springs complete this picturesque landscape, a tramper’s mecca and a safe haven for endangered species.

Find things to do and places to stay Lake Sumner Forest Park

Brown trout are the most common fish in the rivers and lakes, although quinnat salmon are also caught.

Lake Sumner offers good fishing, both from a boat and from the shore. Lake Taylor is good for spin-fishing, with the southern end being sheltered in a nor’wester or you can fly fish the edges on a windless day.

The seasons for fishing on Lakes Taylor and Sumner, Loch Katrine and the Hurunui, and the Hope and Nina rivers vary. The seasons and regulations are detailed in the latest Fish and Game Sports Fishing Regulations, provided when you purchase a fishing licence from fishing or outdoor sports shops, Fish and Game council offices and information or visitor centres.


Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
Postal Address:   PO Box 349
Rangiora 7440
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